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Article Collection on Individuals in the Triple Helix

Triple Helix welcomes submissions to the article collection on Individuals in the Triple Helix.

The triple helix thesis posits that for innovation and economic development outcomes at the local, regional, and national scale, universities, industry and government need to work together and form strong partnerships and co-operation. Evidence is cited of regions, institutions, and indeed nations that have successfully harnessed the power of the triple helix to bring about economic growth in the knowledge economy. (Commonly cited examples include global exemplar regions such as Silicon Valley, Route 128, and Cambridge, UK). This is partnered by in-depth studies of particular programmes, interventions or institutions that have successfully engaged in this sphere of activity. However, whilst triple helix relationships and spaces are commonly discussed and heralded as the key to economic success, there is little actual investigation of what these interactions look like at the individual level, and what the reality of implementing the triple helix actually looks like “on the ground”.

There is relatively little work in opening up the black box of the triple helix to examine the relationships and experiences therein. This article collection attempts to redress that balance, and uncover the experience of those working on the coalface of the triple helix trying to manage those relationships and ensure productive outcomes. It aims to link up different levels of analysis to shine a light on an often-overlooked area of study into individual engagement in triple helix activities.

Potential topics may wish to address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • What theoretical/conceptual frameworks can help better understanding individual engagement in Triple Helix activities?
  • Who are the key individual actors engaged in the Triple Helix interactions and what are their major activities?
  • How could the analysis of Triple Helix activities at the individual level and studies at the policy and organisational levels supplement each other?
  • How to design the policy and organizational structures to facilitate the individuals’ involvement and engagement in Triple Helix activities?
  • What are the roles of students in their contribution to innovation from the perspective of Triple Helix model?
  • What challenges confronted by academics when engaging in university-industry collaboration activities?
  • What are the conflicting norms and cultures for individuals engaging in Triple Helix activities?

Submission instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the Instructions for Authors for Triple Helix. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Triple Helix submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection please select the appropriate section in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the article collection on Individuals in the Triple Helix. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Guest editors

Rhiannon Pugh, Uppsala University, Sweden

Yuzhuo Cai, Tampere University, Finland 

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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